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Old 05-04-2016, 04:56 PM   #21
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I use Calgon every time I dump. Have done this for at least 10 years or longer. I strongly believe in the results. The tank gauges are useless and don't depend on them. Once you know your trailer and usage you can almost know when you have to dump. I never depend on the gauges. Started with powder and now use liquid. Getting hard to find Last time I purchased it a Meijer in Michigan.
Picked up our new used trailer (2014) yesterday can't wait to get my medical issues behind us so we can hit the road!!!!!
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Old 05-04-2016, 05:53 PM   #22
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Calgon available at Walmart.com with free store pickup
Calgon Liquid Water Softener, 32 Ounce - Walmart.com
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Old 05-04-2016, 08:07 PM   #23
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Does anyone know any other Generic or other company's products that do the same as Calgon?
Arm & Hammer makes RainDrops and it gets good review at about 1/4 cost of Calgon.
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Old 05-04-2016, 09:03 PM   #24
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We have used Borax in place of the Calgon for over a year with good results. Seems to work as good and is much cheaper than Calgon.

We make up a mixture of about a half gallon of hot water, dissolve in a cup of Borax (the hot water makes it easier to dissolve the Borax), then add a cup of Dawn. The entire mixture is poured in the black tank through the toilet every time it is emptied.

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Old 05-04-2016, 09:14 PM   #25
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Never did...just plenty of water.
Travel with a few gallons sloshing around that I dump when I get home.
No sensors problem up to now !
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Old 05-04-2016, 09:53 PM   #26
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So how do you know it works? Do you send some little gremlin down into the tank to inspect it?
Many of you have said the gauges are useless even though you use the Geo Method...so what's your basis for saying it works? Not saying it doesn't....in fact I use it myself...but often ask myself if it's making any difference!
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Old 05-04-2016, 10:22 PM   #27
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Borax is not the same as Calgon chemically.

It is a detergent (like the Dawn dish soap you are using with it).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borax

Calgon is a water softener and works by binding up calcium ions that form the slime that fouls the sensors.

Calgon Water Softener - What It Does and Where to Buy It

They are NOT interchangeable.

Calgon will not remove crusted slime from already fouled sensors, you need a bacteria and enzyme treatment and a lot of digesting time to do that.

Calgon will keep clean sensors; clean.
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Old 05-05-2016, 02:00 PM   #28
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Actually, Borax has been used for years as a water softener, and works very similar to Calgon.

There are two types of packaged water conditioners: non-precipitating and precipitating.

Non-precipitating water conditioner ties up hardness minerals in the water and holds them in solution (sequestering). No visible particles are formed, water remains clear, they usually contains phosphates, they make the water feels slippery. Examples are Calgon (a mixture of non-precipitating (Trisodium Citrate Dihydrate) and precipitating chemicals (Sodium Carbonate) and Sodium Sulfate), White Rain, Blue Raindrops, Spring Rain, etc.

Precipitating water softener combines with hardness minerals to form a visible, insoluble precipitate that floats on top of water and makes the water cloudy and is highly alkaline. Examples are Arm and Hammer Washing Soda (Sodium Carbonate), Raindrops, Blue Dew, Borax, Climalene, Melo, White King Water Softener, etc.

Of course, the most common type of water softening is using zeolite in an ion exchange column, i.e., the common salt regenerated water softener. We have one in our RV, but not many do due to space requirement, and regeneration requirements.

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Yep; not interchangeable.
Stay away from Borax if you want to give your sensors a chance.
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I wouldn't want more solids created by the water softener. The non-precipitating kinds sound better for our application.
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